Shelby County Educators Working To Improve Graduate Success In College, Workforce

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Alabama State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice envisions a new standard for fourth-grade math testing that doesn't simply involve adding a set of numbers.

Instead, students will form into small groups and get a "real-world scenario" that requires them to determine the proper arithmetic, understand how to use it and explain the reasoning and process to their peers, Bice said.

"The arithmetic stayed the same, but what was expected changed," Bice told about 100 staff members from Shelby County schools and the University of Montevallo on Monday afternoon about the state's 2020 Plan for preparing students for college and the workforce.

The goal represents a significant shift for educators dealing with required standardized testing, but it's one that faculty and staff from the Shelby County School District and the university are continuing to discuss under their Vertical Teaming Initiative partnership.

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